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Energising the History of Railways in NSW

Do you want to join me in making a difference? We are raising money in aid of AUSTRALIAN RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEW SOUTH WALES DIVISION MUSEUM (ARHSnsw) and every donation will help.

ARHSnsw Goals 
Our new building at 5 Henderson Road, Alexandria will be completed in the first half of 2020 and will be the home of:

-   The Railway Bookshop
-   The Railway Archive (temperature-controlled and fire-safe)
-   Museum of Railway History
-   Railway History Exhibition and Gallery space
-   Facility for archival recording, conservation and digitisation
-   ARHSnsw Administration
-   ARHSnsw Volunteer program

This new home will feature our rich railway history, demonstrating to visitors the transformative effect railways have had on the development of Australia and the important role they continue to play.

This new facility will also need some capital to keep displays and exhibitions fresh and to take advantage of technological innovation in the way information is presented to the public, ensuring an engaging and interesting experience. Technology will also help us manage, preserve and showcase our collection as it continues to grow.

Our initial fund-raising goal is to raise

$150,000 within 3 months
$500,000 within 12 months
$1,000,000 within 24 months

We thank all our past and current members for their generosity to date, and now ask for you to continue your support and help build our legacy for generations to come.

Download our fundraising appeal brochure here. 

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause.

About ARHSnsw
On 19th May 1933, six enthusiasts met in Sydney and formed the Great Railway Circle of Australia. In May 1936 the name was changed to Australian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society and further changed to Australian Railway Historical Society in 1951.

Membership grew steadily and in 1945 a Division was formed in Victoria. Other Divisions were subsequently formed in the South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and ACT.

Due to the increasing size and range of activities of the Society, separate companies were formed in each state to take over the assets and liabilities of the Divisions of the unincorporated Society, The Australian Railway Historical Society, New South Wales Division, is a Company Limited by Guarantee.

ARHSnsw remains the oldest and largest member-based organisation of its type in the country. The Society has amassed a large library of books, magazines, drawings, photographs and other documents related to the history of railways in NSW and Australia.

Whilst railways are still an important part of our cities and towns, the tremendous contribution they made to the social and economic development of the nation is often unheralded. Our objectives are to preserve and promote this important history through the maintenance of our archival collection; to produce magazines and books (including our monthly magazines Australian Railway History and Railway Digest); and to encourage association between those interested and with the community through special events, rail tours and excursions. The Society also operates one of the most comprehensive railway bookshops in the world.

Learn more at .

Donations (5)

  • Mike Goodall
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Antony Stuart
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • James Dalton
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs


James Dalton
Alexandria NSW
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically tax deductible in Australia.

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